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Modeling of Laboratory Steam Methane Reforming and CO2 Methanation Reactors

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Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Genova, via Dodecaneso 31, I-16146 Genova, Italy
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Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering Pole, University of Genova, via Opera Pia 15, I-16145 Genova, Italy
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INSTM, UdR Genova, via Dodecaneso 31, I-16146 Genova, Italy
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Energies 2020, 13(10), 2624; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13102624
Received: 27 February 2020 / Revised: 8 May 2020 / Accepted: 17 May 2020 / Published: 21 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Hydrogen Production and Hydrogen Separation)
To support the interpretation of the experimental results obtained from two laboratory-scale reactors, one working in the steam methane reforming (SMR) mode, and the other in the CO2 hydrogenation (MCO2) mode, a steady-state pseudo-homogeneous 1D non-isothermal packed-bed reactor model is developed, embedding the classical Xu and Froment local kinetics. The laboratory reactors are operated with three different catalysts, two commercial and one homemade. The simulation model makes it possible to identify and account for thermal effects occurring inside the catalytic zone of the reactor and along the exit line. The model is intended to guide the development of small size SMR and MCO2 reactors in the context of Power-to-X (P2X) studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: chemical reactor modeling; CO2 methanation; hydrogen; Ni-based catalysts; Power-to-X; steam methane reforming chemical reactor modeling; CO2 methanation; hydrogen; Ni-based catalysts; Power-to-X; steam methane reforming
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Costamagna, P.; Pugliese, F.; Cavattoni, T.; Busca, G.; Garbarino, G. Modeling of Laboratory Steam Methane Reforming and CO2 Methanation Reactors. Energies 2020, 13, 2624.

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